The Bottom Line:

— The St. Louis Cardinals (75-68) lost to the San Diego Padres (69-75) on Wednesday night by a score of 3-2. They are now just a half game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second slot in the wild card race and could fall into a tie should the Dodgers win Wednesday night.

— The Cardinals were swept for only the second time since the All-Star break.

— Kyle Lohse threw six solid innings and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) while striking out 8.

— Matt Carpenter made a crucial error in the fifth, giving the Padres a lead. Though he tied the game in the next inning with his 5th home run of the season.The error was their 12th in their past 11 games.

What’s Next: The Cardinals travel to Los Angeles on Thursday for a very important four game set. All pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog.